This visa lets you stay in Australia lawfully while you make arrangements to leave, finalise your immigration matter or are waiting for an immigration decision.
Global processing times are unavailable for this visa.
A Bridging visa E (BVE) is a temporary visa that allows you to stay in Australia while you finalise your immigration matter or make arrangements to leave Australia.
You need a bridging visa to stay in Australia if your substantive visa ends and you are waiting for an immigration decision or if you are making arrangements to leave Australia. It does not allow you to re-enter Australia if you leave.
A BVE allows you to stay in Australia lawfully for a short time. It will end immediately if you leave Australia. If you leave Australia, you will not be able to return unless have another substantive visa.
Working in Australia while you hold a BVE
There is no application charge for a BVE.
In most cases, you can include your family members on the same application form. They must also meet the eligibility requirements. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is decided.
A BVE is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia until a specified date, or for a particular time period, or until a specified event happens.
You must comply with all Australian laws and your visa conditions.
Your BVE will have conditions that you must comply with. If you do not so comply, your BVE might be cancelled.
In some cases, if you lodged a valid application for a substantive visa in Australia, you will also have applied for a BVE. We will tell you if this happens. In this case, you do not need to lodge a separate application.
In order to make a valid BVE application by email, the BVE application must be lodged though one of the nominated departmental email addresses relevant to your location, listed.
You can also submit your application in person or post to one of our
Visa and Citizenship Offices around Australia.
You should choose an office that is closest to you as you could be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.
For detainees in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, BVE applications are to be lodged to
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
We will tell you when we make a decision about your visa application.
If the visa is granted, you will receive a letter or email with the visa grant number and any visa conditions. You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.